My Friends ROCK = Gena Hondrogiannis
Good Morning Monday! I’m so excited for today’s post! What better way to kick off the week, than with highlighting another one of my friends who ROCKS? It’s hard to believe it, but Gena and I met a little over 7 years ago, when I first moved to Denver. We lived in the same apartment complex and we were instant friends and so were our pups. Gena is hard core and is such a awesome supporter of She Rocks Fitness. She’s gorgeous, smart, hard-working, and a fitness fanatic. I love how dedicated she is to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Read away and enjoy! THANKS GENA!
“My name is Gena Hondrogiannis, I grew up In Syracuse, NY and moved to Colorado in 1998. I’m an Italian American who grew up in the northeast where you were taught to clear your plate. I have always struggled with my weight; it’s been a constant uphill battle for me. I love to cook, bake and eat. My fitness life began in 2000 when I got a pass to 24hr gym. I’ve been working out for close to 12 years now and have just recently started figuring “it” out. It’s not how much you work out, yes it’s a very important part but more so, it’s how much you put in your mouth. In the past 8 months I have lost close to 20 lbs because of the choices I’ve made with food and most importantly my portions.
I am still for the most part doing my same workouts; run 4-5 miles every morning and weights. Then on the weekends I do boot camps (Fluent Fitness at Wash Park, Denver and It Burns Joe’s Fitness at Red Rocks, Colorado) and yoga. My eating though has been the element in my life that has changed. In the past I would eat until I was full, very full. I thought that because I worked out 5 days a week that I had a free pass to eat whatever I wanted, well I was very mistaken. Once I started cutting back on my portions my weight started dropping. This was such a great feeling and was really working for me until just recently when I began to get these uncontrollable cravings for sweets at 7:30 every evening. I would eat perfect all day. I had my 5-6 small meals, incorporating proteins, carbs, fiber, fruit, ect. Something happened though every night at 7:30 that completely derailed my sensible eating plan, it was like I didn’t even care about all the hard work I put in that day with eating right. So I would raid the fridge, cupboards and freezer, with anything I could get my hands on. I would take anything sweet and spread peanut butter on it and drink milk until I was full and then feel so guilty about it after. I would wake up the next morning anxious for the night to come so I could display self control yet every night at 7:30 all inhibitions would fall by the waist side.
I finally consulted an old friend, Katie Uhran, told her my situation and asked, scratch that, begged for help! She quickly responded back and started digging a little bit into what my routine was. Katie questioned if I was dealing with emotional problems, what were the biggest triggers for me to start overeating and how much I’m eating. She quickly realized that I wasn’t eating enough food during the day and while I may not have noticed it all throughout the day my self control at night was absent because my body needed more nourishment. Katie made a couple of key suggestions that have helped tremendously to get myself back on track! I have incorporated more food in the morning and have eliminated protein bars and replaced them with fruits and yogurts. I have only Katie to thank and am so grateful that she took time out of her very busy schedule to investigate and dissect what the real root of the problem was rather than just give me a quick and generic answer. It meant a lot that she went the extra mile to help me!
Aside from family, health and fitness are my passion and I strive very hard each and everyday to live a healthy and active lifestyle. My goals are to always keep pushing myself, even when it’s tough, to eat clean most of the time and to above all be a positive and strong woman! Those are my ongoing, everyday goals that keep me focused and give me drive. This coming year I would like to see myself move further into my yoga practice, master some new moves and to maybe try some different fitness routines whether it be kickboxing, biking or even just trying a new class at the gym. Variety is the spice of life!! Keep pushing and love your life!”
Have you ever tried a boot camp class? If so, did you like it?